January 22, 2013 Subject:
Livid and the Bloodthirsty - DEMO(n) Review
Overall: Good album. Love the groove, love the riffs, it's a some-what varied album that really shines in terms of the guitars, both the lead and the rhythm. The only real downfall of the album is the fact that most of the songs have the same general setup, and the breakdowns get repetitive after a while. Still, I don't really mind it, but since I'm partly reviewing this album on variation, it is mention-worthy. All in all, a solid album, groovy in some parts and serious in others, but never letting up in terms of brutality. 3.8/5
1-Instantly this song starts off with a riff both groovy and catchy. We also hear a sick bass in the background. A death/thrash/groove feel. Definitely not your usual serious sounding metal. This song sounds fun. Fast paced, but not over the top, just keeping the groove going. Vocals are decent, audible but not overpowering, with some nice long snarls to compliment the growls. Then it has a tempo change, introducing a tremolo part. Groove, break, groove. Awesome track. Even has a little bit of a deathcore feel in there.
2-A heavy metal scream. Somewhat comical way to start a song. Instantly a more "serious" song, not as groovy, but still catchy. Standard drum beat drives the song forward. Nice lead guitar, going in the right ear as the vocals surround you (both highs and lows.) This songs key to success is definitely the lead guitar. Rhythm's ok, but the lead makes it interesting. Again, it folds into a sort of deathcore chug, but the lead saves to from being to similar to the song before it.
3-First thoughts: sweet bass, and screaming lead! Again, the right ear is being pummeled with the lead, while the vocals appear to come in both ears. This song definitely takes advantage of sides more then the other songs. Nice to keep it fresh. The song alternates between serious and groovy feels. Yet another breakdown (I sense a theme here.) The drums are ok, with a gallop feel and then a blastbeat. Nothing to special, but they work. Vocals are good in this one, going from a near pig squeal to a growl to high snarls.
4-Instant deathcore chug, fading off into a faster paced riff. Vocals, guitar. Serious sounding, but groovier then the last song. The vocals are mid-range. Goes back to a breakdown feel pretty quick though. This is a stop-n-start song of sorts. The vocals are like an automatic gun when the trigger is pulled, words firing faster then you can comprehend. After that, a sweet melodic guitar lead comes in, goes for a little bit, then becomes darker to go with the chugging rhythm guitar below it.
5-Piq squealing goodness. Fast paced, serious but slightly groovy. Vocals are the extremes, blasting out in every range. This song is somewhat more melodic then the other songs. It has a chase feel, slowing down a little but then picking up again, never stopping. Again, with the machine-gun vocals. And this time they are actual understandable. Impressive. Ending with some fast picking and fun with the whammy bar, as well as a few repeating arpeggios.